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George N. M.

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About George N. M.

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    Laramie, Wyoming
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    Blacksmthing, camping, hiking, historical reenactment

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  1. Re restoring and using old tools: This is more touchy-feely or spiritual than I usually get but I sense that there is a presence or "soul" in old tools and they want to be used for the task they were created. If I restore an old tool and put it to work I feel like I have rescued it. And it seems that it enhances my skill too. Maybe the tool is "happier" being put to use. It kills me to see old tools hung on a wall for decoration. I have been very tempted a few times to liberate something on the wall of a restaurant. And seeing old tools being used as furniture bothers me. When
  2. I've had people, usually older folk, come up to me when I've had the coal forge at an event/demo and tell me that it was the first time they had smelled coal smoke in many decades. Sometimes it is the smell they followed to my booth. That might possibly be an advantage to using a coal forge at a demo rather than coke or propane as long as you don't smoke out your neighbors, it attracts some people. Speaking of steam trains, when my son was small we would take him to see Santa and ride the Santa Train at the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden, CO. You would get on one of a string of cab
  3. Paul, if it were me and I really wanted the anvil I wouldn't go with less than $500 in my pocket and would probably drop out of the bidding around $400-450 or go to the full $500 if it were in really good shape. My experience is that at auctions blacksmithing items go for either very cheaply because everyone but you is interested in other things or go quite high because there is a lot of interest in those items. My auction advice is to keep a very tight rein on your own impulses and know ahead of time how high you will go for any particular item and stick to it. Even if it goes for one bid
  4. Some very cool and imaginative items but what is the thing on the far left? It looks like some sort of bowl shape on a base, possibly made of RR spikes. "By hammer and hand all arts do stand."
  5. This discussion brings up another issue for which I do not have an answer. Should an employee, coworker, customer, contractor, supplier, etc. be judged only by professional/commercial/business criteria in our dealings with him or her or should/can other aspects come into the equation? The obvious are criminal arrests or convictions. Should you make a decision about the person based on the fact that they have been arrested/accused or convicted of a particular offense? Does it depend on the seriousness or moral offensiveness of the offense? Does a DUI have the same effect as an assault, pas
  6. Welcome aboard, Matthew. We're glad to have you. You'll find a very wide variety of folk here ranging in age from early teens to 70s and, in experience from green as grass newbies to experts and some of us have been hitting hot iron for over 40 years. Whether you make this a career or a life long hobby you can find the craft very rewarding. You have joined a bunch of peers, friends, aunts, uncles, and grandparents who care about your progress and how you are doing. IFI is rather different than any other internet group that I have been exposed to. Just follow the moderator's rules, be nic
  7. Another factor to consider is that when we deal with someone professionally we are only seeing one aspect of their personality and life. Like most of us they may shine in certain aspects of their lives and be pretty sub-optimal in others. We may base our opinion of them based on whatever aspect, good or bad, with which we interact. In Rockstar's example the individual may be incompetent in many facets of his life including Rockstar's interaction with him or, there is a possibility that there are other unseen and unknown facets of him where he is perfectly or highly functional. It is ha
  8. My wife, Madelynn, had similar experiences with FL doctors with both her grandmother and her late husband. Too much medication and questionable diagnoses/prognoses. Glad to see that this has turned out better than expected. The prayers are still there, though. "By hammer and hand all arts do stand."
  9. The only thing I have to add to Frosty's comments is that it will take a LOT of gas to get the anvil to critical temperature even assuming that a single torch can put enough heat in faster than it will radiate heat out to get it to critical temperature. "By hammer and hand all arts do stand."
  10. I agree with John and Templehound but have a few questions: 1) How did you construct the sheath? Is it a wooden core with leather glued over it and, if so, is the seam on the back flat or sewn? 2) Why did you choose copper for the suspension loops? Color contrast? 3) How did you form the guard and the pommel? Hand filing? Lathe? Casting? And, 4) What was your inspiration for the decorative upper part of the blade? Obviously, this is not your first rodeo. Nice work. "By hammer and hand all arts do stand."
  11. Looks like spring in Laramie only greener. "By hammer and hand all arts do stand."
  12. My take on 1st aid kits is that there are 2 major types: Type 1 is a small kit for minor cuts, burns, blisters, etc. and has band-aids, antibiotic ointment, burn cream, etc.. It provides final treatment for minor injuries and may have over the counter medications like pain killers or anti-diarrhals. Type 2 is designed to provide immediate care for serious/life threatening traumatic injuries and has things like compresses and coagulants to stop bleeding, things to immobilize limbs, IV set ups, etc.. It is designed to stabilize and treat serious things until better trained and equipped folk l
  13. John, I believe it was Abraham Lincoln who told the story of a fellow who was tarred and feathered and ridden out of town on a rail who said that if it wasn't for the honor of the thing he would have rather not participated. "By hammer and hand all arts do stand."
  14. One thing to watch out for when buying an inexpensive or used drill press is to make sure that the spindle holding the bit is exactly 90 degrees to the table. Often there is no way to adjust the angle of the table. Even a degree or 2 off is not a good thing. I discovered that my table was off by about a degree and half after I had had it for some time. I had to file the back of the mounting of the table to the mast carefully to correct it. Not a job I wish to repeat. The most recent edition of "Forge Facts", the publication of Rocky Mountain Smiths had a technique to check for this a
  15. Thomas, there are two things that happen to us as we get older, first, we lose our memory and I don't remember the second one. "By hammer and hand all arts do stand."
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